"Patent trolls" are taking center stage in Congress this week, with new legislation in the Senate to curb abusive patent litigation and a markup Wednesday of a similar bill in the House of Representatives.
Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) unveiled their plan to battle patent trolls, also known as patent assertion entities (PAEs), on Monday, two days before the House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on its own patent lawsuit reform bill from panel chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.).
Leahy, the Senate Judiciary Committee's chairman, thanked Goodlatte for his work on the issue. The senator said in a statement that he is working with his colleagues in Congress to create "effective legislation that will help innovators and inventors succeed."